‘Moral police’ on the prowl, events and parties take backseat
In the wake of the recent raids on parties, event and party organisers in the city seem to have become very cautious. Nobody is saying so, but their action is speaking louder and clearer.
After the Lucky Ali concert at Hard Rock Cafe on Friday (September 7) got cancelled, in no time, it seems to have resulted in a chain reaction among the clubs in the city. The international chain of cafes also cancelled the performance by House of Floyd, a San-Francisco-based band, scheduled to be held in the city on Sunday (September 9).
"As we had mentioned previously, due to unfortunate incidents occurring at various venues in Pune, all outlets have not been issued necessary permissions to hold events for the next few days. We deeply regret to inform you that House of Floyd - Tribute to Pink Floyd will not be performing on Sunday," said the Hard Rock Cafe, Pune management.
"We would also like to notify our patrons who have purchased tickets at the café much in advance, that they can collect their refund from the venue at the time of their convenience. Even so, patrons who have booked tickets with us online will be given a refund within the specified time," they added.
High Spirits in Koregaon Park also cancelled the performance of B.L.O.T, a Delhi-based band that was going to launch their latest album titled Snafu in the city on Friday. "We were not given any intimation of live events being cancelled in the city by the police authorities, but we cancelled them to avoid any hassles due to over-crowding at the joint and traffic problems as events like these attract a heavy footfall," said Khodu Irani, Owner, High Spirits. When asked whether their decision was prompted by the recent police raids on lounges, clubs and restuarants, Irani reiterated that they don't want any unnecessary problem.
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